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The Best Low-Priced Summer Wines

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Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti Sourgal 2010
Summer isn't the season to sip a heavy dessert wine. "This white wine is only slightly sparkling—not fully, like champagne—with notes of apricot, peach, honeysuckle, and clementine," says Laura Maniec, master sommelier and cofounder of Cork Buzz Wine Studio in Manhattan.

Pair with...
Light desserts, like sorbet with fresh fruit. The wine's airiness and gently sweet notes will be overpowered by something denser and richer.

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Bogle 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
"This California classic is amped up with ripe plums, berries, and notes of sarsaparilla and brown sugar," says Evan Goldstein, master sommelier and president of Full Circle Wine Solutions in San Carlos, California. And don't be afraid to try it slightly chilled—the cold makes it extra refreshing.

Pair with...
Kicked-up happy-hour staples such as spicy nuts or barbecue chips.

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Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry
Because Spanish grapes are often more affordable than those grown in California or France, the price of Spanish champagne, or cava, won't make your head spin. "This one is especially delicious," says Mark Oldman, author of Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. "Light-bodied and zesty, it features notes of green apple, melon, and pear."

Pair with...
Cheese sticks and popcorn (bubbles go nicely with salty snacks) or something both sweet and salty, like prosciutto-wrapped melon bites.

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Gazela Vinho Verde
This fruity, slightly sweet white is low in alcohol, making it the perfect pick for a warm afternoon, says Alexis Kahn, director of beverage education at the International Culinary Center. (In other words, it won't leave you drunk and dehydrated in the middle of the day.)

Pair with...
Something light with tart notes, such as veggies with a lemony hummus, goat cheese, or yogurt dip.

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Mas de la Dame Rose du Mas 2010
"A blend of cherry, raspberry, fresh lavender, and thyme, this has the flavor complexity of a red with the lightness of a white," says master sommelier Laura DePasquale, vice president of fine wine for Palm Bay International.

Pair with...
Anything salty and smoky—smoked almonds, smoked salmon on rye crackers. Or try unbrined green Sicilian olives. The wine's bright fruit complements smokiness, and its higher acidity cuts through saltiness.

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